Marching Song

Marching Song

by John Whiting

Directed by Penny Tuerk

Tuesday 9th -
Saturday 13th December, 2014

The Tower Theatre performing
at the Bridewell Theatre

Photography by David Sprecher

Rupert Forster : Simon Boughey
Catherine de Troyes : Mary Rodgers
John Cadmus : Robert Pennant Jones
Harry Lancaster : Richard Pedersen
Dido Morgen : Helen McGill
Matthew Sangosse : Jonathan Norris
Father Anselm : Peter Novis
Bruno Hurst : Chris Sherwood

Production Team
Director : Penny Tuerk
Set and Costume Design : Lea Tunesi
Assisted by Helen Rutherford
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Sound Design : Laurence Tuerk

Stage Manager : Laurence Tuerk
ASMs : Lotte Wynder, Luise Weiner
Lighting Operator : Elizabeth Millican
Sound Operator : Louise Bakker or Jacqui Dickson
Construction Manager : Michael Bettell
Set Construction and Rigging : Keith Syrett, Phillip Ley, Adam Taylor, Malcolm Wynder, Isaac Insley, John McSpadyen, Robin Snowdon, Max Batty, Paulina Podemska and María Ramírez
Publicity Co-ordinator : Luise Weiner

Simon Boughey has been a Tower member for almost five years, and was last seen as Major Voysey in The Voysey Inheritance in 2013. For the Tower he has also played the title role in Macbeth, Alastair in Whipping It Up and He in Hang Up. He trained at HB Studio in New York, a city in which he spent over 12 very happy years, and at the Actors' Company in London. He is delighted and proud to be appearing on stage opposite his wife for the first time.

A career performer and storyteller, Mary Rodgers was the keyboardist and lead vocalist in an all-female rock band for a number of years, and has acted in leading roles in plays and musicals across the United States. Favourite roles include Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sandy in Grease and Suzanne in Don't Dress For Dinner. She is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild and NYWIFT (New York Women in Film & Television). Mary is also a novelist; her first thriller, Project Catchstar, was published in December of last year. She is delighted to be making her stage debut with the Tower Theatre Company.

Robert Pennant Jones has been a member of the Tower for over 50 years, directing and acting in over 40 productions. As an actor he has recently played Prospero, Shotover and Pozzo; he last appeared as Nagg where he spent the evening shut up in a dustbin with tonight's director.

Richard Pedersen is delighted to be playing another loud-mouthed American role, following previous performances as Ned in The Normal Heart and as Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross. Since joining the Tower 25 years ago, Richard has appeared in and stage managed numerous productions, most recently appearing as Adam in As You Like It which was performed in the Théâtre de Verdure in Paris last June.

Marching Song is Helen McGill's third show with the Tower, having performed in Chalet Lines and Dumb Show earlier this year. A relative newcomer to London, Helen is originally from Liverpool where her roles included Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Yelena in Uncle Vanya and Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband. She is looking forward to taking on the role of Dido in this interesting wartime piece as we mark the centenary of the First World War.

Over his 20 Tower Company years, Jonathan Norris has been involved in about 60 productions - acting, music-directing (A Little Night Music and Guys and Dolls) or helping to provide music on keyboard or trombone. By day, he and his wife Ruth commute in from fashionable Clapton to earn a crust as Administrators of the Company.

Peter Novis has been with the Tower since 1988. Favourite roles include Herman Glogauer in Once in a Lifetime; the Dada in Entertaining Mr Sloane; several parts in the annual Tower Shakespeare productions in Paris; an Ugly Sister in Cinderella; and Mr Dick in David Copperfield. He has also directed for the Tower in London, Paris and Cornwall.

Chris Sherwood trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Marching Song is his second Tower Theatre performance having played Daniel in The Last Of The Haussmans earlier this year. Other previous roles include Luke/chorus in Little Revolution (Almeida Theatre) Bacchus in Orpheus in The Underworld (Oxford Playhouse), Mr. Frank in WAG The Musical (Ye Olde Rose and Crown) and Jokanaan in Salome (Barons Court Theatre).